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HIV positive and have TB infection in brain

my ex-boyfriend is HIV positive since two years not on regular retroviral therapy. Now recently he an episode of seizures, following which various investigations were done and cause was found to be due to TB infection in brain which treating physician mentioned as TB abscess. Doctor could u please explain what TB Abscess means? Is it commonly seen infection? How can he recover from this infection? What about his treatment outcome?
Asked On : Fri, 23 Oct 2009
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Tuberculosis brain abscesses (TBA) are an unusual clinical presentation of central nervous system tuberculosis occurring extremely infrequently in developed countries, and almost always in immunocompromised patients like in AIDS. Before the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy, TBA was associated with a high mortality rate in AIDS patients. The HIV infected patient presenting with multiple TBA who recovered completely with a combination of HAART and anti-tuberculosis treatment. Current anti-tuberculous drugs are highly effective when treatment is initiated early, before the onset of altered mentation or focal neurologic deficits. Because the clinical outcome depends greatly on the stage at which therapy is initiated, early recognition is of paramount importance.
Answered: Tue, 3 Nov 2009
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